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Hospice Residence a "Paradise" Where Family Makes Cherished Memories

Nancy Quinn was blessed with a healthy life with the occasional little aches and pains. 

But she knew something was wrong when her usual responses to those aches and pains no longer worked. A visit to the doctor revealed that she had stage IV cancer. 

As Nancy weighed her options, she talked to a nurse from VNA Hospice & Palliative Care. Nancy could receive hospice care in her own home or in the homelike surroundings of the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. She remembered how well an aunt had been cared for at the hospice residence and decided the Monahan Home would be her best choice.

"I pinch myself because I wake up in paradise every day," said Nancy, (pictured, left, with her sister, Eileen Moore Quinn).  

Her room is decorated with her "most cherished and beautiful things" and has a "spectacular view" of Coes Pond. A door in the room leads directly to a patio and garden where she can enjoy watching the birds that frequent the bird bath. 

The Rose Monahan Hospice Home is one of three hospice residences offered by VNA Hospice & Palliative Care. (The Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home is located in Cambridge, and the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home is in Needham.) Staff and volunteers care for both residents and their loved ones, helping them make the most of their time together. 

"The staff's expertise in what they do is beyond compare. They make sure I am comfortable and free of pain," said Nancy. "Every volunteer is just as wonderful as the staff. They are so respectful and offer any bit of comfort that they can."

Nancy's days are filled making memories with her family and friends. She made good on her promise to create a fairy garden with a special five-year-old in her life. Another afternoon Nancy's sisters organized a "Renaissance luncheon," serving a five-course meal on the patio and making flower garlands for their hair. 

A massage therapist and teacher for 38 years, Nancy is also an avid quilter. She's working on two more squares to finish another quilt, and has delegated some of her projects to family and friends. 

"The atmosphere is so conducive to moving into a peaceful place of transition," said Nancy. "It's been amazing across the board." 

Nancy passed away on July 27, 2017. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

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